Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

English / Literacy

All English teachers have been given a copy of Sheena Cameron and Louise Dempsey's brilliant book 'The Writing Book'.
Literacy Coach Ali Newbold said the aim of the purchase and distribution was to 'improve the explicit teaching of writing across the school'.
Staff will begin working through the book with Ali and their classes next term.
The book guides teachers and schools through the processes of planning a writing curriculum, teaching the 'skills toolkit', teaching writing and ways to review, edit, publish and celebrate students writing.
There are some free resources on the website, including a useful 'Sentence Opener Ladder', which offers a variety of sentence starters for students at different levels of writing prowess.
You can read more about the publication at
The education system collects data about a number of issues including attendance and achievement through testing processes such as NAPLaN and Running Records. 
Teachers use data to inform their teaching practice and cater for the individual needs of students in their classes. Teachers must be able to diagnose and act on these needs.
We have created a Data Wall at Maitland Area School to provide a visual representation. The pictures of the students’ faces upon this and where they are performing according to national Literacy & Numeracy testing has led to in-depth discussions amongst staff.
“Putting faces” on a data wall to track student achievement is strengthening the shared responsibility for the Literacy and Numeracy needs of our students, regardless of the subject areas teachers work in. 

Our 2012 Book Week Assembly was held in the Performing Arts Centre on Friday, August 24. Each R-7 class had prepared a presentation promoting a favourite book, and like each year, there was keen competition.

Students and parents were welcomed by Librarian Deirdre Moloney who introduced the  Book Week theme - 'Champions Read' (very fitting in this Olympic year!) - and our two judges Caroline Brown and Loren Mills.

Read more: Book Week Assembly 2012

On Wednesday, 5th September Mr Moore and Ms Myers drove ten of the Year 11 English students to Adelaide to watch the quirky Little Shop of Horrors performed by students from the Adelaide College of Arts.

The excursion was to add to the Year 11's understanding of how to analyse theatre as text. They had to observe how the scenery, sets, lighting, props, stage management and music all added to the telling of the story.

The students behaved and responded appropriately, the meal was enjoyable, and the show, entertaining. An excellent time was had by all!

At Monday night's staff meeting I presented an introduction to the Australian Curriculum looking at Literacy Capabilities and specifically English content in the new curriculum. The key elements of the English curriculum include Language, Literature and Literacy were presented as a sequence of development from the early years to Year 10.


Read more: Literacy in the Australian Curriculum

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